November is here, and it’s officially the season for counting our blessings, sharing our thankfulness, and enjoying our favorite family dishes with loved ones! We’ve put together a list of five of our favorite kid-friendly Thanksgiving recipes to try this year.
There is no better time to let your child try their hand in the kitchen. This year, help them take responsibility for a dish or two and try out one (or all!) of these easy, kid-friendly Thanksgiving recipes to provide at the family gathering. You’ll create Thanksgiving memories and teach your child a few new skills, to boot!
1. Sweet Potato Chips – A tasty, easy appetizer everyone will love! With so many spices, this is the perfect opportunity for the kids to learn how to measure ingredients. Then, on their own, they can mix the spices together. They’ll be able to get their hands a little messy while creating a delicious snack!
2 sweet potatoes
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp mustard powder
2 tsp kosher salt
½ tsp pepper
Step 1: Cut sweet potatoes into thin slices.
Step 2: Toss sweet potato slices in a bowl of vegetable oil.
Step 3: Combine all spices and cornstarch in a large bowl.
Step 4: Add sweet potatoes to spice mixture and toss until evenly coated.
Step 5: Place sweet potato slices onto a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Enjoy your appetizer with sour cream dip!
2. Pumpkin Muffins – Sweet, delicious, and so few ingredients! Kids will love cracking the eggs (make sure to wash their hands after), and with a little guidance, they can make this all by themselves. It’s easy as pie– and tastes just as good!
1 can of pumpkin
1 spice cake mix
¼ cup water
Step 1: Pour spice cake mix into a large mixing bowl.
Step 2: Add eggs to cake mix, stir.
Step 3: Add can of pumpkin, stir.
Step 4: Add water, mix all ingredients thoroughly.
Step 5: Evenly spread batter into a muffin pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes and enjoy your sweet treat!
3. Homemade Mac and Cheese – Who doesn’t love Mac and Cheese? Take a last-second, on-the-go dinner and make it a special, homemade treat! Kids will be able to work on their stirring skills with this recipe. The best part? Watching the cheese melt in the oven, of course! With a dish like this, they’ll want to share with the whole family. Thanks, LivingWellMom.com!
1 box of elbow noodles
2 sticks of butter
1/3 cup flour
3 cups milk
12 oz. cheese
4 tbsp bread crumbs
Step 1: Boil water, cook noodles, and set aside to drain.
Step 2: In a saucepan, melt stick of butter over medium heat.
Step 3: Once your butter is melted, stir in flour.
Step 4: Gradually add milk, continuing to stir.
Step 5: Bring butter mixture to a boil and whisk for 2 minutes.
Step 6: Remove butter mixture from heat and stir in cheese until the cheese has melted.
Step 7: Add noodles to cheese mixture, and place in a 9×13 pan.
Step 8: In a separate bowl, melt 2 tbsp of butter and combine bread crumbs.
Step 9: Sprinkle bread crumbs over noodles. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Enjoy the cheesy, homemade taste!
4. Green Bean Casserole – This Thanksgiving classic is sure to show kids that vegetables can be yummy. With such little measuring, this is another recipe they’ll cook (mostly!) on their own. They’ll love to sprinkle the fried onions on top—make sure to give them a little taste beforehand! Thanks, BettyCocker.com!
2 cans of green beans
1 package of fried onions
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
¾ cup milk
1 tsp pepper
Step 1: Place can of cream of mushroom soup in mixing bowl.
Step 2: Add green beans to bowl, stir.
Step 3: Add milk to bowl, stir.
Step 4: Add 2/3 cup of fried onions, stir.
Step 5: Add 1 pepper, mix ingredients well.
Step 6: Add mixture to baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Step 7: Sprinkle remaining fried onions on top and bake for 5 minutes. Enjoy your classic Thanksgiving dish!
5. Apple Pie Bites – Thanksgiving isn’t complete without dessert! You’ll want to help your child cut up the apple and pecans, but they will love rolling the apples up in the crescent dough on their own! We love this extra sweet twist on an ordinary snack-time go-to! Thanks, TheBlondCook.com!
1 Granny Smith apple
3 tbsp butter
¼ cup light brown sugar
1 package of crescent rolls
½ chopped pecans
1 tsp apple pie spice
Step 1: In a small bowl, combine apple pie spice with brown sugar.
Step 2: Melt butter
and core apple into 8 slices.
Step 3: Toss apple slices in butter.
Step 4: Arrange crescent roll triangles on a baking sheet. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture and chopped pecans onto each
Step 5: Place an apple slice on each crescent roll. Wrap crescent roll dough around each apple.
Step 6: Brush each crescent roll with remaining butter and sprinkle with additional apple pie spice.
Step 7: Bake for 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees. You’ll want to skip straight to dessert!
With these kid-friendly Thanksgiving recipes, it’s easy to teach your children how to share the love while counting blessings and making lasting memories, too.